|original oil 11"x14"|
Recently I was wishing for some time to be bored. Be careful for what you wish. I realize that there are a few things that will guarantee having boredom time, one being getting the flu. I don't recommend it and being bored is overrated anyway. I just felt like I was over-scheduled and over-committed. The only way to slow time down seems to be having lots of time to do "nothing." Apparently being confined to bed is my only option at this point. This painting was from a workshop I did with Randall Sexton. His advice helped push me to make bolder strokes. It was a plein air (outdoor) workshop in Vermont just prior to peak foliage. This day I was enchanted by the way the light fell on this hilly back slope of a beautiful colonial house right in town. I set up my easel in the shade of the house and proceeded to freeze all morning painting this. In the afternoon I moved into full sun and finally was warmed up. Honestly painting, particularly plein air painting, stops time if only for a few minutes. It is one of the reasons I love to go to that place...the zone.